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SQL Server 2019 PolyBase feature High Availability

One of the most exciting aspects of SQL Server 2019 are the enhanced capabilities around the PolyBase feature that enables access to non-SQL Server external data sources through a process referred to as virtualization. The data remains at the external ... continue reading

Recent updates for Data-Tier Application Framework and SqlPackage

In this article, we will cover some recent changes to the Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) and SqlPackage. DacFx is a library that provides APIs for database deployment and development scenarios and SqlPackage is a command line interface to DacFx for ... continue reading
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MEM – Managing CM Collection in the Cloud Configuration and Troubleshooting

Dear IT pros, As you knew it, starting with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager - MCM version 1906 (SCCM version 1906) you could enable co-management for Endpoint Manager -MEM (Intune) devices in the Azure Public Cloud, Azure US Government Cloud. The ... continue reading
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SQL Tools December release recap

The December releases of Azure Data Studio 1.25 and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 18.8 are now generally available. Additionally, the mssql extension for Visual Studio Code has recently been updated to version 1.10.0. Read on to learn more about ... continue reading
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HOW TO AUTHOR SCCM REPORTS LIKE A SUPERHERO

Hi there, I am Matt Balzan, and I am a Microsoft Modern Workplace Customer Engineer who specializes in SCCM, APP-V and SSRS/PowerBI reporting. Today I am going to show you how to write up SQL queries, then use them in ... continue reading
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Always Encrypted Data Displayed in SSRS with a gMSA

Let's take a look at how to display Always Encrypted Data in SSRS with a gMSA (Group Managed Service Account). We are mixing some technologies and the one that throws a wrench into things is the gMSA. Here is the ... continue reading

Configuring backup storage redundancy in Azure SQL

Database backups are an essential part of any business continuity and disaster recovery strategy, because they protect your data from corruption or deletion. In Azure SQL there are two types of automated backups that customers can use for restoring their ... continue reading
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Quickly Setting Up a Sandbox with Azure SQL DB/MI and AAD Synchronization

  Introduction   During the migration journey from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database or Managed Instance, the customers I meet often wondering how to deal with the Integrated Authentication, their applications, especially the legacy ones. The following tutorial will ... continue reading
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User initiated manual failover on SQL Managed Instance

High availability is a fundamental part of SQL Managed Instance (MI) platform that works transparently for your database applications.  As such, failovers from primary to secondary nodes in case of node degradation or fault detection, or during our regular monthly software ... continue reading

Configuring backup storage redundancy in Azure SQL Managed Instance

Database backups are an essential part of any business continuity and disaster recovery strategy, because they protect your data from corruption or deletion. In Azure SQL Managed Instance there are two types of automated backups that customers can use for ... continue reading